When I was searching for the perfect couch for our new home a year ago, I read so many reviews. Those reviews of the Ektorp couch in particular helped me make my decision to purchase them. So, I’m going to pay it forward with my own thoughts on the Ektorp a year later.
A Review of the Ikea Ektorp Sofa
I’m just going to start by saying, I LOVE these sofas. Hands down the best purchase, especially if you have a house full of kids and animals, like I do. Before buying these sofas, we went through two other sofas in our first home, over the course of eight years. Between our kids and animals, they did not hold up. For reference, we had a microfiber sofa first and then a leather sofa. The microfiber stained like no other (even though it wasn’t supposed to) and the leather became a victim to our cats. If it wasn’t for the cats, the leather sofa would have stayed pretty awesome. But, back to the Ektorp, let’s talk about what I love:
1. Price – The Ektorp couches are cheap! The sofa style we bought is $379, then you buy the cover for around $99. We bought the first one to stage our old house and then put it in storage until our new house was built. Then we bought another one to complete the new house! I love that the covers are cheap enough that if the couch covers get ruined somehow, I can easily replace them, as opposed to replacing an entire sofa! The Ektorp Sofa looks a lot like the Pearce Pottery Barn Sofa, but is a fraction of the price.
2. Washability – My kids eat on these sofas, jump on these sofas, and my muddy dog lays on these sofas, yet they come clean every single time. I love love love, that I can wash the covers. One thing I hated about my old sofas, was the fact that they would smell over time. You could spray them, and surface clean them, but they never felt as clean as the Ektorp couch does after I launder the covers. I use a combo of whatever detergent I’m using at the moment and Oxiclean to clean them. You’re not supposed to bleach the covers, so I haven’t tried that, but I’m pretty sure Oxiclean is magic. My kids have colored on these sofas with marker and crayon and the Oxiclean gets it out. I will often soak the covers in the tub with a few scoops of Oxiclean, then launder on hot. I then hang them to dry. The cushion covers aren’t large, so it’s easy to hang them over the tub or on top of my ironing board. When I wash the large cover, I just hang it over our cat walk railing to dry! If I was a perfectionist, I would probably wash the covers every other week to keep them pristine, but I tend to wash them about once a month or more often if we have company coming over. I also roll them with a lint roller once a week, since they are white, they do show a little lint and dirt. When I was reading reviews, some people recommending spraying them with warm water and smoothing out the wrinkles once you put them back on the base, but I don’t feel the need to do the extra work. The wrinkles fall out after a couple of days and fit the “cottage” look of the sofas.
3. Comfort – For the price, these couches are pretty darn comfortable. I wouldn’t say they are la-z-boy level, but they do the job. I appreciate the soft, undone look they have and think it goes well in my casual living room.
Conclusion: I would buy these sofas over and over again. They look great, hold up well and at their price point, even if they only last a few years, that’s fine by me! If you’re on the fence about the Ektorp couch…buy it.
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